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 on: August 10, 2014, 09:10:06 PM 
Started by Camo2015 - Last post by Miami88
I'd imagine with a 161 and a 3.99 you won't have much trouble getting in. Add to that an army background and work experience... Just make sure your there are no fatal errors in your essays/application (i.e. bad typos).

for reference, check out...

http://baylor.lawschoolnumbers.com

http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-content/uploads/Law-School-Predictor-Full-Time-Programs.htm


Good Luck!

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 on: August 10, 2014, 02:58:26 PM 
Started by Camo2015 - Last post by Camo2015
Hey all was just wondering if anyone could provide me with some insight on what my chances are getting into Baylor Law with a 161 lsat (159 was my lowest but they take the highest) and a 3.99 GPA. I was pretty disappointed with my lsat scores because I know I can do better and may even take it a third time for scholarship reasons. I'm contracted with the Army in ROTC at Texas A&M University and have a lot of leadership experiences and what not because of it. I plan on getting my application in by the early admission dead line this coming November. Any insight on where I stand along with any advice would be awesome. Thanks yall.

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 on: August 10, 2014, 11:56:26 AM 
Started by Maintain FL 350 - Last post by NewlyMinted
I agree that July is the "gold standard" for bar results, the pool of first time test takers is much larger.

Nonetheless, these are first time results. Although the numbers are small, if a school has 18 out of 20 first timers pass that's pretty good. Too good to be accidental, IMO. 

That why I didn't mention schools like Irvine, which had a 100% pass rate, but only three test takers. I don't think anything can be gleaned from such a small cohort.
I actually just meant impressive since it was taken so recently.  ;)

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 on: August 09, 2014, 09:24:03 PM 
Started by Maintain FL 350 - Last post by Maintain FL 350
I agree that July is the "gold standard" for bar results, the pool of first time test takers is much larger.

Nonetheless, these are first time results. Although the numbers are small, if a school has 18 out of 20 first timers pass that's pretty good. Too good to be accidental, IMO. 

That why I didn't mention schools like Irvine, which had a 100% pass rate, but only three test takers. I don't think anything can be gleaned from such a small cohort.

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 on: August 09, 2014, 09:12:46 PM 
Started by Maintain FL 350 - Last post by NewlyMinted
I foolishly thought this was for july, now THAT would have been impressive!

 86 
 on: August 09, 2014, 09:11:54 PM 
Started by lyny - Last post by NewlyMinted
I agree disclose.

That being said..........I gotta know more. HOW did you "prank" the friend. Details man!

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 on: August 09, 2014, 07:41:38 PM 
Started by Maintain FL 350 - Last post by Maintain FL 350
Calbar has posted the stats for the last bar exam (Feb 2014). I couldn't link it here for some reason, maybe someone else can.

Here are a few highlights:

CA ABA first time pass rate: 68.6%
Out of state ABA: 44.3%
CA accredited 42.3%
CA unaccredited: 34.6%

Honorable mention goes to Pepperdine (92%) and La Verne (88%). A few other schools had 100% pass rates but only had a few students taking the bar. Both of these schools had decent numbers of test takers.

Among the CA accredited schools, Monterey had a 75% pass rate, and Ventura (67%) and Santa Barbara (69%) also did well. Others had much lower rates or only a few test takers.

Among unaccredited schools Concord (36%) beat the others by a mile, as most had 0% pass rates.

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 on: August 09, 2014, 01:05:39 PM 
Started by lyny - Last post by Maintain FL 350
I agree with Citylaw, I don't think it's a big deal unless you fail to disclose it. Your applications to law school and the bar will ask about disciplinary actions and it's important to fully disclose everything.

I don't think this will have any impact on law school admissions, but the bar may require a more detailed explanation. They will probably require you to submit all paperwork associated with the action, so make sure you are 100% honest in your explanation. In law school you will learn that the bar is pretty forgiving, but they take even a hint of dishonesty very seriously. 

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 on: August 09, 2014, 12:15:29 AM 
Started by lyny - Last post by Citylaw
Probably not that big of deal. Stupid yes, but plenty of lawyers got DUI's or arrested etc.

Don't do it again and you will have to disclose the incident in applications and to the bar when you apply, but as long as you don't try to hide it you should be fine. Plenty of my law school classmates who are now practicing lawyers did a lot worse things and our licensed, but use better judgment moving forward.

Really the only way this is likely to hurt you is if when asked you fail to disclose.

Sorry to hear about the incident and hopefully you learned from your mistake.


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 on: August 08, 2014, 08:18:04 PM 
Started by lyny - Last post by lyny
I'm an undergrad junior.  Today, I was put on probation by my university for playing a prank on a friend involving a fake arrest warrant. Dumb prank, I know, I know. I am mortified at how stupid this was, but it was funny at the time. The friend freaked out and tried to turn himself in, and now I'm here.

How bad is this for me as far as law school admissions & the bar?  I'm sure it's not good, but how bad is it?

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